TNA News TNA News: Mick Foley addresses Vince Russo's booking, Impact on the road more-often?, Jeff Hardy situation
May 25, 2011 - 12:48:18 PM
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By James Caldwell, Torch assistant editor
TNA on-air personality Mick Foley continued his p.r. tour for the "Impact Wrestling" campaign discussing TNA topics on the "Busted Open" satellite radio show this week. The following are highlights from Foley's interview.
-- Foley made several comments about TNA head writer Vince Russo's job performance and tried to defend Russo's work, saying his vision doesn't always make it on-air because there are "too many hands in the cookie jar."
“In one sense, I think that’s correct," Foley said about the cookie jar analogy. "There’s a lot of people to please. His version may not be the version that winds up making the air. At the same time, I’ve always said that Vince tries to tell too many stories. He has great ideas, but again, maybe we don’t need seven 87-yard touchdown runs in the same show. Maybe that one great run is something people will remember.”
Foley added later, "I think Vince has this great - his mind is a great source of wrestling stories, but I think you need that wrestling-centric force to oppose him, so that it doesn’t veer too much off the actual in-ring product.”
-- Foley on whether TNA will go on the road more often with Impact: “I hope so. I think that made a world of difference when we were in Fayetteville. The success of those tapings was a big reason why Spike really embraced this ‘Wrestling Matters’ campaign."
Foley added, "We’re dependent on Spike. We provide a good rating for them and hopefully it will continue to escalate. We need Spike to really help us. They saw the difference the change of venue made. I don’t want to offend the people who show up at the Impact Zone, we appreciate it, but I personally find it to be an atmosphere that’s not conducive to great emotion and I think the more often we can take Impact on the road, the better.”
-- Foley also addressed Jeff Hardy, who said "has been struggling for a little while."
"I think the most important thing is not when he comes back to Impact Wrestling, but that he takes care of those issues he’s got so he can be around as a husband and as a father, and then once he gets those issues addressed, we’d love to have him back as a wrestler," Foley said.
FYI: Foley's interview will air Wednesday afternoon during the Busted Open show, which runs from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. EST on Sirius 92, XM 207. BustedOpen.net for more details.
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